Since 2007, Take It Away Dance Productions has presented the most innovative tap dance and live music projects in Philadelphia. It is fueled by the power of collaboration and presents projects that demonstrate current interpretations of tap dance, live music and interdisciplinary forms.
Take It Away was founded by Pamela Hetherington, a Philadelphia native who grew up learning from, and then performing with, master Philly tap dancers Delphine Mantz, Leon Evans, Rita Rue, LaVaughn Robinson and Robert F. Burden, Jr. Pam started producing her first grassroots showcases, tap jams and master classes as a way to reclaim Philadelphia’s place as the central capital of tap dance in the world.
Over the years, the word spread and the programs took shape as platforms for new choreography and dynamic musical collaborations. Take It Away’s core yearly productions include Philly Tap Teaser, a bi-yearly Philadelphia celebration of tap dance and jazz music, the Class and Conversation Series, which has brought major tap choreographers to Philadelphia for master classes and lectures, and Cross-Rhythms, an interdisciplinary evening concert which showcases the freshest interpretations of tap dance and live music.
Take It Away is also establishing itself as a production company committed to the reclamation and restaging of choreography by female tap choreographers from around the world. Past project-based initiatives have restaged and celebrated the work of Heather Cornell (Manhattan Tap) and Dorothy Wasserman (Tap, The Movie).
Take It Away is a grant recipient of awards from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Barra Foundation and Small But Mighty Arts.